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Inflection Points In American Judo
As we used to say in the 60's, "Right on!"
I had the good forturne to begin judo in the days when the senseis' brought Kano's judo prinicples into the picture, not as an after thought, but as a primary goal, and when the quality of a throw was as important as the making it. In the interum, I had the opportunity to be sensei to champions and a two-time Olympian, plus a world CISM and all-Marine Corps champion, and work on the late 80's - early 90' Junior Olympic Coaching program. I saw first hand many of the inflection points of which he writes.
His writing is comprehensive, and these inflection points are excellent hilltops from which to see the landscape of US judo.
It is important to note that Nishioka Sensei's fairness to the developers of judo in the U.S. is laudable.
Hayward's concluding perspectives might in fact tell us that a better time is here now. Mismanagement, misdirection and non-judo principle based beaurocracy has perhaps brought us to the point where our only alternative is to return to the days of old and practice judo for the benefits the article's last quote by James Bregman suggests.
Well done, Nishioka Sensei, and thank you.
Thank you David R.!!!
It's great to have positive feedback from fellow judokas.
And judotalk.com would like to thank Mr. Nishioka for writing this paper, and also thank Mr. Jerry Hays for providing this for us to post on our blog.
I appreciate Mr. Nishioka writing this and for judotalk.com for posting this. I've been invovled with Judo for six years and have participated in a few Judo forums. I'm familiar with the history of Judo in the USA through various posts I've read in these forums but it's good to have one article that essentially explains it all even if it is coming from a single man's perspective.
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